New South Wales firefighters conducted damage control after a large blaze, about 64 kilometres wide, tore through the areas of Tenterfield and Richmond Valley in early October, destroying properties and causing evacuations.
The Busbys Flat fire in Richmond Valley, which had been burning out-of-control since October 7, and the Long Gully Road blaze in Tenterfield, which authorities issued an emergency warning for on October 8, merged on October 9 to form one large bushfire. Emergency services continued to battle the monster blaze on Thursday, October 10.
“Firefighters and aircraft have slowed the spread of the fire, and are being assisted by milder conditions,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) said in a statement on Thursday.
“Although conditions have eased and more favourable conditions are being experienced today, fire activity may increase this afternoon so it is important to monitor conditions as there is still active fire burning across the fireground.”
The Busbys Flat section of the fire, which had destroyed 21 homes, was still “not under control”, the RFS said, while the Long Gully Road blaze, which destroyed eight homes, was “being controlled”. Roads remained closed around affected areas.
This video shows fire crew members cutting down burnt trees in the area to prevent them toppling onto the road.
“Crews continue to identify & fall dangerous, fire-affected trees near roads on the Long Gully Rd & Busbys Flat Rd fires,” the NSW RFS said in a tweet.
“As you can see, trees are still falling without notice close to roads.”
“If you live in the areas of Busbys Flat, Rappville and Wyan where the fire has been burning, it may not be safe to return to your home. There are numerous dangerous trees and damaged power poles in the area. Roads are closed,” the RFS said.
The Busbys Flat blaze destroyed a number of homes in Rappville, Richmond Valley. Credit: New South Wales Rural Fire Service via Storyful